Formalised Friday

Last of the week long photo session and some austere, stark photos with some added wisdoms from Simon Bond’s Minimalist Photography

minimalism is a type of image-making that relies on simplistic compositions, heavy use of empty space, and elimination of clutter.

subject presence is kept to a minimum; zoom out for a small-in-the-frame subject surrounded by empty space.

Pin sharp or at least crisp images are de rigeur for minimalism – not always easy to achieve when I need to bend or get closer without a zoom lens and without falling in the water!

Minimalism is as simplistic as the photographer chooses – the image above has a touch too much ‘clutter’ though to fit the strict definition (not enough negative space above the waterline)

The added reflection contaminates the austerity of this one. Both photos though are drawing attention to themselves as subject, as ecstatics (ex-static = up out of context) with their attention-seeking colour – an important aspect of minimalism.

But perhaps most important of all is the meditative aspect of minimalism – something I feel was achieved finally!

At the still-point in the center of the circle one can see the infinite in all things.”

Chuang Tzu